EASA certifies SAR version of AW189


AgustaWestland AW189 SAR

AgustaWestland has achieved EASA certification for the Search and Rescue variant of the AW189.

This certificate paves the way for the delivery of aircraft for the UK search and rescue programme.

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The SAR variant of the AW189 has also been certified with a maximum all up mass of 8,600 kg (18,959 lb), an increase of 300 kg (661 lb), to provide increased payload.

The helicopter has a maximum cruise speed of 155 knots (287 km/h) and with the increased fuel capacity has an endurance of 5 hours 40 minutes or a maximum range of 600 nm (1,111 km).

In July 2012, AgustaWestland released a video on the AW189, which you can watch below: